The only thing you have to do on the MX500 itself is to learn any learned codes you need. Then you clone it into the 500e software with IRClone and re-arrange things to your liking. It's certainly much easier to type the labels using the computer than to do it on the MX500 itself. It's also much easier to make and tweak your macros.
Here's a little "Getting Started" guide, for what it's worth. Let's call the Picture of the MX-500 on the right the "Graphic" view or Graphic window and the window on the left the "Tree" view or Tree window.
LABELS: Use the graphic on the right to edit any LCD text labels you need to change. You can do this in the tree view as well, I just find it easier to do in the graphic. Just click in the text area and start typing. You can insert the special characters that arenít on your keyboard by using the buttons that appear to the right. (Youíll see...)
DEVICES: In the tree window, you can right click on any device to set the P-Pro device code and set punch throughs. You can copy and paste everything from one device to another, or just from one button to another. Just use ctrl-c/ctrl-v or right click and select copy/paste. If you copy an LCD button to another LCD button, the text is copied also. You can erase a learned code from a button by right clicking and selecting 'Clear Button'.
Learned Codes on Device Buttons... These are kind-of a special case. You can learn an IR code to any device button, and the MX500 will send the code anytime you switch to that device. (See the MX500 manual for how to do this) If you have a learned code on a device button you'll see a red L on the device root in the tree view. If you right click on the device, you'll see menu options for "Clear, Copy, Paste Device Learned IR Code" You can copy any learned code from any button to any device button and vice/versa. The menu options are different since you can also copy and paste the entire device at once.
MACROS: In the tree window, expand the macros by clicking on the little + next to MACROS. Double click on a macro to open that macro in the editor. Insert some steps and select the Device & button you want to send for each step. You can insert a pause for any step except the last. The pause occurs after the step that it's on, before the next step in the list. When you're finished, near the bottom of the editor window, select the device screen you want to have show when the macro ends. Click OK to save the macro.
FAVORITES: Favorite macros work almost the same way. In the tree view, double click on the one you want to edit. The editor shows the whole page at once. Select the one you want to edit, select the device for it from the drop down, insert and edit the steps.
TIPS: Make a backup of your M5 file before you start editing. It's easy to copy over an entire device and there's no Undo function yet.
If you want to re-arrange your devices but you don't have any empty spaces, you can copy to a new blank remote temporarily. Select File, New. to create a new empty remote. You can have multiple windows with different remotes open at the same time, just un-maximize your editing window.
If you want to copy a device or a button from another M5 file that you got from someone else, just open both files and copy/paste.
If you want to start programming everything from scratch, enter/edit all of your LCD text labels on all of your devices first. Then download it to your remote and start learning the codes you need to learn. I find learning is easier if you already have all of the labels. Then upload it back to the PC and set up all of your macros and any other tweaking you need to do.
Note: There are many ways to edit the labels, macros and buttons etc... These instructions represent my preferences. You may prefer to do it differently.
This message was edited by Hutchca on 02/13/03 16:21.